The conclusion of Formula 1’s pre-season testing program draws near as teams enjoyed their penultimate day of running in Barcelona on Thursday.
Sebastian Vettel set the pace for Ferrari, posting a new fastest time for the winter, but has more in reserve after backing off during his quickest lap at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Lewis Hamilton put up a stiff challenge for Mercedes to finish second, but he too didn’t squeeze every last tenth out of his car on his lap, leaving us guessing ahead of the start of the season in Melbourne.
Recapping another busy day in Barcelona, NBCSN pit reporter Will Buxton brings you the latest edition of Paddock Pass.
In this episode, we catch up with fastest man Vettel, chat to new McLaren man Stoffel Vandoorne and also hear from NBCSN analyst Steve Matchett.
Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.
The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:
2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars
Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions
Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.
Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.